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by Jane Jansen Seymour

25 Aug 2010


Oh how I love pulling up Morning Becomes Eclectic on kcrw.com and seeing there’s a fave band for the scheduled session that day! Such was the case when The Gorillaz performed August 18th and it was nice to experience the fresh sounds of live performance. Layers of certain songs were more prominent, the sound of an engine for example, so it all felt new again. It was also nice to hear Damon Albarn be more forthcoming during the interview compared to the “Colbert Show” where he was clearly not in on the ruse that Stephen Colbert is acting out a persona, or maybe Albarn was just hungover.

Here’s the link in the KCRW archives to experience it yourself!

by PopMatters Staff

25 Aug 2010


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by PopMatters Staff

24 Aug 2010


Natacha Atlas returns next month with her latest album blending Middle Eastern, African and European sounds. Mounqaliba features new songs written in classical Arabic by Atlas and collaborator Samy Bishai, who learned violin from Russians and Armenians in Egypt. Atlas’ multicultural background—half Moroccan/Egyptian/Palestinian and half British and largely raised in Belgium—plays out in her genre bending music with its appreciation of Western electronic music and pop alongside a thorough grounding in Arabic musical traditions.

For the new record, Altas had ambitious intentions: “What I hope I have achieved is to match the lyricism of classical music with the inherent poetry of Arabic, I wanted to continue the exploration of grounds covered with Ana Hina. Through the juxtaposition of western classical string sections with traditional Arabic instruments, classical Arabic poetry against abstract impressionism, traditional Arabic percussion with smoky jazz kits… To create a melange of ideas and examined opposites. What I attempt to convey is a sense of reversal… Reversal of the state of society, reversal in our political and belief systems, reversal of spirituality in favour of materialism.”

Mounqaliba will release 21 September via Six Degrees Records and today we have the pleasure of premiering “Makaan”.

by Peta Jinnath Andersen

24 Aug 2010


Sometimes, it’s easy to forget the simple joy of reading a book. But author & illustrator Lane Smith’s latest picture book, the aptly titled It’s a Book is a delightful reminder for all ages. Keep an eye out for It’s A Book later this month, and is definitely worth the trip to the bookstore.

by Michael Underwood

24 Aug 2010


A blind prophet shares the tale of Copeland, a gifted but troubled tapper who is haunted by shadows of his own imagination. The final dance sequence of the season is well-executed, layered with dance, music and the prophet’s voice-over as Copeland works to dance through his own demons. In the second half of the episode, we see the dancers invited to the LXD throughout the season meeting on the road to the LXD’s secret hideout as they prepare to face their destiny.

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